|Rene Lalique: Winged Woman Balustrade Section, Detail. Image via Sotheby's|
|Rene Lalique: Patinated bronze Winged Woman Balustrade Section Image via Sotheby's|
|Rene Lalique installation at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle Image via Allposters.com|
|Further detail showing balustrade Image via Sotheby's|
Contemporary illustrations of Lalique's display at the 1900 Exposition universelle show five sculpted bronze figures in three different poses. Two have their hands under the chin, one in the collection of the Kunstgwerbemuseum Berlin (acquisition no. 1901-111), the other on exhibition in the Lalique Museum, Hakone, Japan (lent by Shai Bandmann); one with both arms raised above her head with head to her left (private collection) and two with arms raised above her head (the present example and private collection).
As the cataloging shows the panel is one of five produced and only one of two made utilizing the same figure which may explain the result.
|Detail of present model at the exhibition Universelle Paris 1900 Image via Sotheby's|
|The present work as illustrated at its previous sale, Christie's New York, 10 December 1998, Lot 111 Image via Christie's|
A decorative art item increasing in value by over ten times in fifteen years is not too shabby to say the very least. At the same sale in 1998, another version from the suite of five was offered, making $101,500 against the same estimate of $100,000-150,000. This appears to be the example owned by collector Shai Bandmann presently on loan to the Lalique Museum in Hakone, Japan.
|The example presently on loan to the Lalique Museum Hakone, Japan, Christie's New York, 10 December 1998, Lot 112 Image via Christie's|
The new $1.6M price may motivate the owners of the three other privately held examples to consider selling. We will have to wait and see. Until next time.--AR